By Alejandra G.
energy exchange with everything that surrounds you - people, animals, buildings, trees, etc. Now is the best time to do yourself a big favor and use Feng shui to create the ultimate happy Feng shui friend - your own home.
Feng shui, literally translated as "wind and water," is a 5,000-year-old Chinese system and theory based on a set of universal principles and laws of nature, applied to our living environment. These principles are believed by many to help us achieve happiness, health, prosperity and freedom. While Feng shui has no scientifically proven studies to back up its principles, hundreds of Feng shui masters stand by their results.
Cut the clutter. The greatest enemy to Feng-shui because it will keep you stuck in the past. Air and energy should always be moving all the time and clutter is like a stop sign to good energy. So, go around your home and start looking for those things that serve no purpose. The rule is simple: If you haven't used it in over 12 months, toss it. Even though for some that could almost seem impossible since we live in a world of collecting and buying things we don't need 24/7, the first step to achieve a peaceful home will be to get rid of all the unnecessary things.
Paint your front door. Remove all the clutter from the sides, front and back of your front door. In Feng shui language, your front door is called the "mouth of chi”. Help bring good energy into your home by keeping it tidy and well lit. Consider painting your front door green (they say it will bring growth). If green is not your thing, try painting it red because according to Lillian Too in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, red represents strength, energy and happiness and it can bring wealth. If red is probably too strong for your taste, blue might be your choice. It is relaxing and will bring peace to your entrance. Once you've made a choice, the relatively simple project of painting your front door a new color it will change your mood.
Throw out any broken objects. Replace blown light bulbs. When you have finished cleaning, wash your hands under running water for at least three minutes. This washes away all the bad energy that got on your hands in the process.
Balance your bedroom for a better relationship. Apply the same principle of "commanding position" to your bedroom by placing it so that you have a good view of the door from your bed. Placing the bed directly across from the door is considered unlucky, though, so try to keep it off-center. If you are in a relationship, it is also important to have bedside tables and lamps of equal sizes, as this suggests equality in the relationship. The commanding position applies to your home office as well. By placing your desk in a commanding position -a place where you can see most of the room- you are likely to feel more secure and in charge of your space.
chi into a home or working environment. Home offices require as much good energy as you can collect, so why not get it from plants? Large plants like lily, bamboo and jade varieties are top on the list for good energy. If you are short on space, one small house plant is better than none at all. Keep your plants watered and well fed and they will reply in kind.
Keep it outside. Mops and brooms are used to remove clutter and dirt from the house. Feng shui believes they carry part of the negative energy that comes into the home. Keeping them outside would be ideal but is not necessarily practical. Keep them in a cupboard in an upside-down position to help to
block the negative energy.
With the new year nearly upon us, you might benefit one of more of these easy-to-put in practice mind-cleansing projects for the holidays. Apply a few of these simple principles to your home and let the good chi (energy) flow all around your private sanctuary. That way you'll be one step closer to happy.
If you want to dig a bit deeper into the world of Feng shui, read about bagua. The bagua map is an octagon, with each of the eight or night sides corresponding to a different area of life: reputation, relationships, children, helpful people, career/path in life, self-knowledge, new beginnings/family and prosperity.